researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow
attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while
someone is logged into a computer or mobile device.
A report published
Monday said the breach could only happen if an attacker is within range of
the potential victim, but the weakness could affect anyone using a Wi-Fi
network, whether at home, the office or at a public coffee shop.
The Wi-Fi Alliance,
an industry group, says thereís no evidence that the vulnerability
discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef has been exploited maliciously. It
affects WPA2, a protocol used to secure Wi-Fi networks.
The group says the
problem can be resolved through straightforward software updates. Microsoft
says itís already deployed patches. Google says itíll do so in the coming